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Chinese media reported that at least 21 people were killed and 15 injured after a bus plunged into the Hongshan Lake in Anshun City, in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

Initial information on the accident says that the bus hit a barrier and slipped into the Hongshan Reservoir.

The bus was later withdrawn from the lake, and the injured, including students, were taken to hospital for treatment.

Source: Chinese media

By:Nadeemy Haded


the British Minister of Trade confirmed that London complied with a judicial order related to its decisions regarding granting licenses to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, which means the possibility of issuing new licenses to export weapons to the Kingdom.

In a statement, Commerce Secretary Liz Trouss said that the government "has now re-taken decisions that were subject to judicial review on a valid legal basis, as called for by the June 20 Court of Appeals ruling."

Truss noted that the review showed that Saudi Arabia has "goodwill and ability to comply with international humanitarian law".

On this basis, she concluded, there is no clear possibility that arms exports and military hardware to Saudi Arabia may be exploited in serious violation of international humanitarian law.

She continued, "Consequently, the pledge my predecessor made to the court that we will not grant any new licenses to export weapons or military hardware to Saudi Arabia for possible use in Yemen is no longer valid."

In June last year, the Court of Appeal concluded that the British government had violated the law in decision-making processes regarding granting licenses to export arms to Saudi Arabia, after activists indicated evidence of the use of weapons in violation of human rights laws.

The London court decision did not require a moratorium on arms exports to Saudi Arabia, but the government was forced to stop granting new export licenses to sell arms to the kingdom, which is the largest buyer of British weapons.

Source: "Reuters"

The Americas official at the World Health Organization, on Tuesday, said that Latin America and the Caribbean recorded more than 50% of the world's corona infections, a quarter of them in Brazil.

The Regional Director of the World Health Organization, Carissa Etienne, pointed out that Latin America and the Caribbean now constitute 50% of COVID-19 cases in the Americas, and that the number of cases recorded is increasing.

"This pandemic has amazing proportions and we have no choice but to continue to use all our energy to control it," she said at a hypothetical press conference from Washington.

Two months ago, the United States accounted for 75% of COVID-19 cases in the Americas, warning that the World Health Organization sees cases accelerating in many US states, most of Central America and most of South America.

Source agencies

By:Nadeemy Haded


The US State Department on Tuesday expressed concern about the fate of Chinese Professor Xu Gangron, demanding the Chinese government to release him.

Well-informed sources indicated that more than 20 people took Professor Xu Jangrun from his home on the outskirts of Beijing.

Wushu, a law professor at Tsinghua University, is well known for his public criticism of the Chinese government, which is rare in academic circles that are tightly controlled in China, and he published a topic last March, in which he held the Chinese president’s misleading and censorship policy responsible Corona virus outbreak emerging in China.

One of his friends said that a person who identified himself as a policeman, called Xu's wife, who lives in a separate place from him in a university residence, to inform her that Xu had been arrested on suspicion of involvement in "facilitating prostitution in Chengdu," southwest of the country.

Source: "Reuters"

By:Nadeemy Haded


Experts at Sotheby's in London have found a forgotten artwork by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, entitled "Portrait of Our Lady".

According to The Independent, the price of the painting, which was covered for a long period of time with a layer of paint and dust, can be estimated at about $ 4.3 million.

Sotheby's old paintings department head, Andrew Fletcher, said a concrete layer of paint and dust had accumulated on it. And after cleaning the cloth, it turned out to be wonderful Robins.

The Lady Portrait, drawn by Rubens in the seventeenth century, was in a private collection for 139 years until 2017, when anonymous bought it for only $ 97.2 thousand.

It is worth noting that a "Portrait of a Lady" was displayed in 1902 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as a work of art by Rubens himself. Her authorship seems forgotten over time. So I started collecting dust for another 100 years in one of the special collections of art paintings.

Auction house "Sotheby" plans to put the painting on sale on July 29 at a price between $ 3.1 and 4.3 million, down at the wish of its owner, who is fully convinced that it belongs to Rubens.

It is reported that, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) is a Flemish plastic artist, leader of the Flemish School of Painting, one of the founders of Baroque art. Who created the paintings "Perseus Andromeda", "The Abduction of Daughters of Eusebus," and others.

His creative product includes around 3000 paintings on religious, mythological and symbolic themes.

By:Nadeemy Haded


The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, warned that the Corona pandemic provides new opportunities for ISIS and Al Qaeda and their affiliates, as well as for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups.

Guterres added during the opening of the United Nations counter-terrorism week, Monday. It is "too early to fully assess the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on terrorism, but all these groups seek to exploit local divisions and conflicts, failure to govern and other grievances to achieve their goals."

Guterres noted that "ISIS", which controlled a large area of ​​Syria and Iraq, is trying to reorganize its ranks in both countries.

"The epidemic also highlighted weaknesses in new and emerging forms of terrorism, such as misuse of digital technology, cyber attacks and biological terrorism," he said.

Josep Borrell, for his part, told the virtual meeting that there was a need for a global understanding of Corona's effects on anti-terrorism efforts around the world.

He explained, "It is true that the crisis led in some places to reduce terrorist activity, mainly due to the mobilization of state security services, but in other areas, terrorism and the human suffering it causes continues unabated."

United Nations experts said that a wide range of terrorist groups have already introduced Corona in its propaganda "to exploit divisions and weaknesses among its enemies", including by intensifying hatred for some groups, "which has resulted in racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and anti-hate speech against migrants."

Experts warned that "with a major global focus on the emerging corona, terrorists may search for more attractive targets or technologies - as is the case with the May 2020 attack on the maternity hospital in Afghanistan."

Source: Agencies

By:Nadeemy Haded


A number of researchers have revealed that cannabis can help prevent deadly lung diseases associated with the Coronavirus

Researchers have found one of the main active ingredients in cannabis that helps reduce the infection caused by the virus.

This component is known as "Tetrahydrocannabinol", which is known as THC, is the most famous part of the hemp plant, and it has a psychoactive substance.

This is the ingredient that causes people to swell when consumed and is usually removed from many CBD products that have entered the market in recent years.

The researchers now claimed that this component could protect the lungs from infection. The researchers tested the effects of cannabis on mice with acute respiratory distress syndrome, a condition that affects three million people worldwide each year, and this number is expected to increase due to the Corona virus pandemic.

The researchers published the study in Frontiers in Pharmacology, saying that lung complications could cause a "cytokine storm" that has been seen in many Covid-19 patients.

When the body is under attack, the immune system releases cytokines. The body then reacts to the site of the infection, but for people with "Covid-19" the cytokines can become infected.

The researchers found that "tetrahydrofenabenol" helped 100% of the cases they tested, preventing acute lung damage and also preventing blockage caused by "cytokine storms".

However, the researchers recognized the need for further research to determine whether the use of "tetrahydrofenabenol" can be a treatment, effective for humans with "Covid-19" or not.

Source: The Sun

By:Nadeemy Haded

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